Choreography / 1982

Quartet

Each of the five dancers in Quartet has their own range of motions and movements, yet at times, they share phrases, acting as one. This aspect of the choreography is where Cunningham chose the title for this piece. Often described as a dark and tragic work, Quartet is very much about emotional and tangible dependencies and restrictions. David Tudor’s chilling music was a live electronic composition for “six homogeneous voices and one wandering voice,” and Mark Lancaster’s somber costumes were in sooty hues of crimson, blue and green.

Details

Premiere Date

Oct 27, 1982

Premiere Venue

Theatre des Champs-Elysees

Premiere Location

Paris, France

Music

David Tudor, Sextet for Seven

Costumes

Mark Lancaster

Lighting

Mark Lancaster

Duration

17 minutes

Original Cast

Helen Barrow

Merce Cunningham

Susan Emery

Judy Lazaroff

Rob Remley

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